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Sometimes I Can't Believe it, I'm Movin' Past the Feeling...

Stuart Burnham
United Kingdom
Abingdon
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Well, where has the year gone? We're already into the month of May (although the weather seems to think otherwise!) and there are so many games still to play. I really don't think, and neither must you if you're reading this, that the time spent playing games is merely wasted hours - it's a vitally important part of my social and familial interaction. (I'm a modern man who likes to spend time with his kids instead of watching sport.)

On Saturday myself and Billy, after a brief discussion (I wanted to play Rococo, he Castles of Mad King Ludwig) settled for the classic Ted Alspach game of Suburbia.
I think that this game is superb and after our last game of CoMKL, where Bill had grumbled about the bonus cards making it too swingy, I suggested that this more strategic take would be up his street. Setting up on the dining table, it being the only empty room in the house that morning. This had the benefit of (I) being bright and airy as opposed to the living room's half light, (II) having a great view of the recently tidied (by me) garden and the deep blue sky and (III) easy access to the snack cupboard!

After grabbing some sweets and cans of fizzy pop we were ready to start our little suburban war. The public goals were most civic buildings and most residential buildings, so nice and clear. In a 2 player game it can become a bit of "you take a green, I take a green" (for example), and with 2 tiles offering this type of bonus it could also be a case of "you take green, I take grey" (for example). The second of these is the way it went in our game; in the past we used to wait until the last couple of turns before committing to a bonus so as to throw the other player(s) off but this time it was much more overt. At one stage the only green, other than the starting tile, that Bill had was a retirement home (I quipped that it was like our town of Abingdon - "a city with no children it seems, just lots of oldies"). The suburbs continued to be taken by me at every opportunity, or when no "decent" tile was available in the market, leaving him with the greys and a very civic and business heavy town.
The game was very close and ultimately I won by having 5pts extra on my private goal than Billy did, and having a bunch of extra cash courtesy of my early casino purchase.

In our after game chat / debrief we were trying to decide on the weight of the game, it's not a complex one, it's not a light one; in the end we settled on a "half light" one.

Here for your perusal are The Suburbs that we constructed:

SPRAWL I (Billy)


SPRAWL II (Stu)
("they heard me singing and they told me to stop"...)


A good game, much enjoyed by us both, and with a suitable soundtrack for the duration of the play...

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